Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 13x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 4.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 273 ms vs 320 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weight Slightly lighter 560 g vs 601 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX30 IS:Digital
              D5100:Pentamirror
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              D5100:560 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              D5100:3.1"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              D5100:127x96x78 mm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX30 IS:1.1 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $375 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $300 - $430

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Samsung HZ50W

              Samsung HZ50W

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $184

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $585 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $700 body only

              $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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